MAHONING COUNTY Supervisors will consider request for new cell tower
The structure would be built on PennDOT property along U.S. Route 422.
By MARY GRZEBIENIAK
HILLSVILLE, Pa. -- Mahoning Township supervisors will meet in special session at 4 p.m. Friday to consider a request for quick approval for a cell tower that would be part of a statewide emergency radio network.
The structure would allow all emergency personnel to talk to one another on the same frequency instead of on the 16 frequencies used now throughout the state.
A supporter of the tower said the governor has approved construction of 250 such towers in Pennsylvania. To ensure they will receive the FCC frequency they need, construction must be completed on all the towers by the end of the year.
Supervisors said they've been told the tower would be built at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation maintenance center at U.S. Route 422 and Pa. Route 551.
Approvals: In other business, supervisors unanimously approved joining with the Lawrence County Council of Governments to accept a road salt bid of $33.47 per ton from Cargill Inc. of North Olmstead, Ohio, and one from Atlantic State, Mercer, for anti-skid material at $3.50 per ton, $5.50 delivered. The group buying gets the township to a lower rate on the materials.
They accepted PennDOT's offer of $1,802 annually for five years for the township to provide winter maintenance on Skyhill Road from Evergreen Road to the state line and on a 500-foot stretch of Matthews Road.
Bill Clingensmith of New Castle was named sewage enforcement officer to replace Maurice Waltz, who resigned.
Supervisors raised all rental rates for the township community center by $25, effective Jan. 1. Supervisor Gil Lucarelli pointed out the rates haven't increased since 1996 and repairs are needed at the center. The rental fees will be used for the repairs.